Garden State Dental of Toms River
1200 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08753
Our dentists do everything possible to help patients save their teeth. Unfortunately, there are situations where an extraction may be the only way to alleviate pain and prevent damage to the surrounding teeth. While no one likes the idea of losing a tooth, our skilled and compassionate dentists can make the process as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
If the crown of the tooth is above the gumline to where it can be grasped with forceps, the dentist may be able to perform a simple extraction. If the tooth is completely or partially below the gumline, you may require a surgical extraction in which the dentist makes an incision into the gum to remove the tooth.
During your consultation, our dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam to determine the type of procedure that is best for your unique dental issue. If your dentist determines that you need a more complicated surgical extraction, we will refer you to a qualified oral surgeon.
In many cases, a damaged or diseased tooth can be saved using root canals and other restorative procedures. A dental extraction is typically recommended in cases of severe decay, damage, or periodontal disease where the patient is experiencing extreme pain and restoration is not feasible.
We try to make extraction a last resort whenever possible. If the decay or damage does not extend beyond the middle of the tooth, a root canal may be an option. If restoration is not likely to alleviate your pain or improve your oral health, we will recommend an extraction. Your dentist will also go over your options for replacing the missing tooth, which will keep your other teeth from shifting out of position.
While dental extractions are typically performed on adult teeth, there may be situations where a dentist may recommend pulling baby teeth. Your child may need a dental extraction if an adult tooth becomes impacted under the baby tooth, the tooth has a cavity that is too large to fill, or the tooth becomes infected. Our dentists and staff have the training and experience needed to put you and your child at ease regardless of the procedure required.
Most cases of mild to moderate gum disease can be successfully treated using deep cleanings and other procedures to remove plaque and bacteria from below the gumline. Once periodontal disease attacks the ligaments that hold the teeth in place, extraction is often the best option to alleviate pain and protect the health of the surrounding teeth.
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that normally emerge during our late teens or early adulthood. If the jaw is not large enough to accommodate the additional teeth, they can become trapped under the gums or emerge at an angle that impinges on the surrounding teeth. If this is the case, the wisdom tooth may need to be removed. Depending on the situation, we may be able to perform the extraction in our office. If the tooth is still trapped below the gum, we may have to refer you to an oral surgeon for a surgical extraction. Most patients find that the extraction procedure is less painful than the pain caused by the impacted tooth.
If the jaw is too small for the number of teeth in the mouth, the teeth can grow in crooked. Overcrowding also makes it difficult to clean the teeth properly, which can increase the risk for cavities and gum disease. It is common for dentists to recommend removing one or more teeth to make room for the teeth to move during orthodontic treatment.
The final cost of your extraction will depend on the location and complexity of the procedure. If you have dental insurance, all or part of the cost of your procedure may be covered.
Before you leave our office, we will provide you with instructions for caring for the extraction site. It is important that you follow these instructions to ensure that a blood clot forms at the site and to minimize any discomfort or risk for complications.
Most patients are able to resume moderate activity within 24 hours following their extraction. Simple extractions normally heal within a week. Surgical extractions and molar extractions may take longer.
If you are looking for a skilled and knowledgeable dentist to perform a dental extraction, call us today at (732) 276-4136 to arrange a consultation.